When You Want to Live Bold but Fear Holds You Hostage


Although I’m a fiction writer, anything faith-related is near and dear to my heart. That’s why my blog is called Where Faith and Fiction Collide. 🙂  Today, Sharon Jaynes is here to share a special post on fear. Is fear holding you hostage? If so, grab a cup of coffee and take a few minutes to enjoy–and become free from fear!

cropped Jaynes FINAL-0039 copy 3I was sitting on the balcony of a condominium at the beach with my computer in my lap. In the background I listened to the excited squeals and splashes as children played in the swimming pool below.

One particular little girl caught my attention. She appeared to be about six years old and wore bright yellow water wings wrapped around her arms like blood pressure cuffs.

As she stood on the side of the pool nervously flapping her arms, her daddy was poised in waist-deep water with his arms outstretched.

“Come on, honey, you can do it,” he coached. “Go ahead and jump. I’m right here.”

“But I’m scared,” she said, whining and flapping. “You might not catch me.”

“Don’t be afraid. I’m right here.”

“But you might move!”

“I’m not going to move. I’m not going to let anything happen to you,” he assured her.

This bantering went on for at least fifteen minutes. I was amazed at the father’s patience and persistence. But finally, she jumped!

Applause went up all around the pool! By the end of the morning, the little girl was swimming like a minnow and making her way across the once seemingly treacherous waters.

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Then God began to speak to my heart. Sharon, sometimes you’re that little girl. And suddenly I began to see myself standing on the edge of that pool with my Heavenly Father beckoning me to jump. Maybe you can see yourself there too.

Come on, honey, you can do it, He coaxes. Go ahead and jump. I’m right here.

But I’m scared,” I cry. “You might not catch me.

Don’t be afraid. I’m right here.

But You might move!

I’m not going to move. I’m not going to let anything happen to you, He assures me.

Just as God said to Joshua, He says to me and to you: Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. (Joshua 1:9 NIV)

So here’s what I’ve decided to do. When God calls me to dare greatly—I’m going to jump in with both feet, but never let go of His hand.

I’m going to let go of all that holds me hostage to a “less than” life, move forward in the promises of God, and live bold in the adventure of faith.

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I hope you will too.

The Faith You Long For Galley.inddSharon Jaynes is a popular speaker at women’s events, avid blogger, and a best-selling author of twenty books. To learn more about Sharon’s ministry or her latest release, visit http://www.sharonjaynes.com/ or http://www.takeholdthebook.com/.

You were not meant to live a mediocre, mundane faith! In Take Hold of the Faith You Long For, Sharon Jaynes reveals the most common reasons we get stuck in our Christian faith. She shows you how to break free of all that holds you back, move forward with all that God promises, and live bold in the adventurous faith. It’s time to let go of feelings of inferiority, insecurity, inadequacy, shame, comparison, and condemnation…and take hold of everything that Jesus has already taken hold of for you and placed in you. Mountain-moving faith is but a decision away! Take Hold of the Faith You Long For also includes a Bible study guide in the back for group or individual study. Click here to read a sample chapter, and watch a short video.You can also order at Amazon, Christian Book Distributors, and Barnes & Noble.

 

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